Hi(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

In the following paper (on page 5) is the standard derivation of the force acting on an atom, whose center-of-mass motion is described classically. What I don't understand is the step taken from (5) to (6).

The QM-version of the force is defined using Heisenbergs Equation of Motion (so we are in the Heisenberg picture). Then they write that the force is just the spatial derivative of the Hamiltonian. All OK so far. Then they say that the Hamiltonian is only the part describing the interaction between the atom and the EM-field. This is what I don't agree with. We are in the Heisenberg picture, not the Interaction picture so we need to take into account more than just the interaction Hamiltonian?

Best,

Niles.

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Force acting on an atom

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**